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Larry Woody is a native of Nashville, Tenn. He was the motor sports beat writer at the Nashville Tennessean from the early 1970s until 2008. He continues to live in Nashville.

Articles by Larry Woody

Woody: NASCAR Needs To Tinker With Care
Thursday, Jul 8, 2010 – 9:17 | 9 Comments
Woody: NASCAR Needs To Tinker With Care

We hear reports that NASCAR plans an off-season overhaul of its Chase for the Championship.
Before it jumps off the deep end of the pool and does something too drastic (like making the 12 Chase drivers wrestle under a chicken-wire fence or dance the fandango for bonus points) it should to take a deep breath and [...]

Woody: Time For Danica To Get In Or Get Out
Wednesday, Jul 7, 2010 – 7:30 | 7 Comments
Woody: Time For Danica To Get In Or Get Out

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
I don’t presume to know what Danica Patrick’s racing future holds, but one thing is certain: the present isn’t working out very well.
Patrick is struggling with her full-time duties in the IndyCar Series – her latest effort being a dismal 20th-place finish in a 25-car field Sunday at Watkins Glen – [...]

Woody: Is Junior’s Rise Linked To Martin’s Fall?
Tuesday, Jul 6, 2010 – 6:10 | 3 Comments
Woody: Is Junior’s Rise Linked To Martin’s Fall?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
There is a theory that this season’s rise of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the fall of teammate Mark Martin are related.
Earnhardt finished 4th at Daytona last Saturday night and jumped two spots in the standings to 11th, while Martin finished 28th and dropped two spots to 13th.
I’m not sure that finish [...]

Woody: Hamilton’s Life Was A Hollywood Story
Friday, Jul 2, 2010 – 6:51 | Comments Off
Woody: Hamilton’s Life Was A Hollywood Story

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Last week was the 20th anniversary of the “Days of Thunder” movie, and it brought back a lot of memories.
Not only was it a big deal for the sport because of all the attention and exposure that it brought to NASCAR with its cast of such stars as Tom Cruise, [...]

Woody: Here Is Who Should Be In The Hall
Wednesday, Jun 30, 2010 – 16:39 | 8 Comments
Woody: Here Is Who Should Be In The Hall

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
The next batch of 25 nominees for the NASCAR Hall of Fame will be announced Thursday, from which a final five will be selected for next year’s induction.
Here’s my picks:
Anne France
Jim France
Lesa France
Brian France
Paris France
Only kidding. With two of this spring’s first five inductees named France I don’t think we’ll see [...]

Woody: Caution Free, Action Free
Tuesday, Jun 29, 2010 – 9:11 | 5 Comments
Woody: Caution Free, Action Free

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
At one point during the record 201 caution-free laps of (ahem) racing last Sunday at New Hampshire Speedway I flipped off the TV (mechanically speaking) and went outdoors.
I watched the grass grow for awhile. Then I found some paint and watched it dry. Both were considerably more entertaining than what [...]

Woody: Busch So Good It’s Scary
Monday, Jun 28, 2010 – 11:36 | 3 Comments
Woody: Busch So Good It’s Scary

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It may be time to restore the name of NASCAR’s second-tier division to the Busch Series.
Or, better yet, the Kyle Busch Series.
The young Vegas hot-shoe continued his rampage through the Nationwide Series record book with another dominating victory last Saturday at New Hampshire.
Another win, another record. Just another day at [...]

Woody: Can Ambrose Forget His Flub?
Friday, Jun 25, 2010 – 7:03 | 3 Comments
Woody: Can Ambrose Forget His Flub?

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacingToday.com
Back in my football-beat days I frequently listened to coaches address their team the week after a tough loss. (I covered Vanderbilt, the perennial Southeastern Conference doormat, so I had occasion to hear many such talks.)
The message was this: Don’t let one team beat you twice. Don’t allow one loss to [...]

Woody: Good To See Gordon On The Go
Thursday, Jun 24, 2010 – 11:33 | 13 Comments
Woody: Good To See Gordon On The Go

By Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
Remember when a sizable segment of NASCAR fans used to boo Jeff Gordon because they considered him too goody-goody, too California-cool, too GQ?
Wonder how they like him now?
Last Sunday at Sonoma Gordon drove like a crazed moonshine runner, taking no prisoners and winning no friends. The Boy Scout turned into [...]

Woody: Phantom Flags Have Flapped Before
Wednesday, Jun 23, 2010 – 7:01 | One Comment
Woody: Phantom Flags Have Flapped Before

Larry Woody | Senior Writer
RacinToday.com
It’s the oldest debate in NASCAR: Do officials sometimes throw an unwarranted caution flag to close up a strung-out field and make the race more exciting?
Denny Hamlin is the latest driver to claim that it does, charging that NASCAR threw a  caution for phantom debris during a drowsy stretch at Michigan [...]